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Networking: Be Dr. Jekyll, Not Hyde
Networking is the oxygen of the connected economy. It is the currency of consumer collaboration. Unless you are a monk, getting through life in the 21st century is a challenge at best if you have no network. Virtually every job today is gained through the network. If you are selling storage, soup, semiconductors, software, soap, or self, you require relationships and relationship building skills.

10 Reasons to Connect with Someone You Don’t Know
As Porter Gale launches her new tome Your Network is Your Net Worth, I am reminded of another aspect of networking that has both risk and opportunity. How do you handle requests to connect from people you do not know or know little? I have written previously about the Etiquette of Connecting and those rules still apply for most if not all situations. That said, conventional wisdom would have it that you simply do not connect for the precise reason that you do not know the person.

How to Reach Career Resonance: Purpose, Passion, and Persistence
Career resonance in my view is a state of existence where you are happy, healthy, balanced, busy, and emboldened. Your life is self-fulfilling because all aspects are generally working together to make you high performing and personally and professionally satisfied with your career and life. In my coaching practice, I see this phenomena from time to time. To me, this is the ultimate state of being and where the rubber meets the road. It is not to say that it is nirvana, but with purpose, passion, and persistence, you can thrive in a manner that feeds your performance and success.

Ask These Questions for a Successful Interview
More often than not, how you convey your value and abilities can determine whether you end up at the top of the consideration set of a job interview. If you are prepared, can tell compelling stories of your career, and chemically connect with the hiring managers, more than likely you have struck a resonant tone for a positive outcome.

How to Evaluate Multiple Job Offers
If you are one of the fortunate few to begin benefitting from the slow-going jobs recovery, you are in an enviable position. Furthermore, if the offers number more than one, you truly are in an exceptional position and can count your lucky stars for your luck, diligence, experience, and brilliance. In a recent Thomas Friedman, New York Times editorial, he takes time and words to illuminate what it takes to get a job at Google. Casting aside the importance of GPA and test scores, Mr. Friedman’s piece cites leadership, humility, collaboration, adaptability, and a love of learning or relearning as critical metrics to assess success.

Career Lessons from Bridgegate: Don’t be a Savior or a Martyr
Time and again we are witness to crises of major proportion that often are unbelievable and defy a thinking person's logic. Bridgegate is one such example. How on heaven's green earth would anybody with an ounce of intelligence think that they could get away with creating a traffic jam on a major artery between New York and New Jersey and not get caught?

Networking: How to Be Dr. Jekyll and Not Hyde
Networking is the oxygen of the connected economy. It is the currency of consumer collaboration. Unless you are a monk, getting through life in the 21st century is a challenge at best if you have no network. Virtually every job today is gained through the network. If you are selling storage, soup, semiconductors, software, soap, or self, you require relationships and relationship building skills.

How to Electrify Your Resume
Even while channels proliferate to communicate your passions, position, and career preferences, the resume remains firm as your calling card and one of the essential documents that helps you define who you are, what you do, and the value you bring to the table. I know; there is much talk today about the importance of the resume or the declining value of it. The fact remains that the resume is still used by the majority of talent hunters in today’s hotly competitive job market.

Best of TZM: How to Achieve a Guilt-Free, Stress-Free Interview
You have worn a furrow deep into the carpet as a result of pacing back and forth in your office pondering how to prep for the upcoming job interview. You struggle mightily understanding the company’s balance sheet and profit and loss statement. Your brain is filled with facts and figures on the company’s business strategy as you try to memorize the biographies of the company’s C suite.

Eight Questions to Answer Before Accepting an Internship
Once again, internships are prominent in the news. Just last week we learned from an article in the Atlantic that barely one-third of the U.S. Senate pays their interns. The White House also was recently chided about not paying interns. Even the foundation of the COO of Facebook has finally and reluctantly relented and has announced that the foundation will begin paying interns.

Best of TZM Forget the Search; Invent Your Next Job
For better or worse, we are living in unusual times that are fast becoming the usual. You are often your only backup plan. So take control of your own destiny and make one.

What to Do if Your Job Sucks
You are into the 11th month of your new job. There is no psychological lift from your work. The boss is a serious micromanager. You are not having much fun. You are at your wits’ end and see no relief ahead. What should you do?

Seven Acts of Random Courtesy After You Land
As I reflect on my years and experience as a career coach and a mentor I once again am reminded that there is an obligation to return the favor for the kindness and generosity of the network in securing a new gig. This critical fact hit me like a brick the other day as I reached out to a couple of mentees on their successful landing following their arduous job campaigns.

Ten Reasons to Connect with Someone You Don’t Know
As Porter Gale launches her new tome Your Network is Your Net Worth, I am reminded of another aspect of networking that has both risk and opportunity. How do you handle requests to connect from people you do not know or know little? I have written previously about the Etiquette of Connecting and those rules still apply for most if not all situations. That said, conventional wisdom would have it that you simply do not connect for the precise reason that you do not know the person.

How to Burnish Your Personal Brand Using Social Media
Never look a gift horse in the mouth. There has been no time in history where it has been easier or more efficient to sculpt your personal brand to highlight your passion, spotlight your skills, and expose, to the world, your accomplishments. The proliferation of platforms has made it possible to deftly create or surface a specific identity that conveys who you are, your particular interests, and your ultimate objective in life.

It's 2013; Do You Know Who You Are?
Landing an interview, let alone a job, has never been tougher as we enter 2013. Job seekers still outnumber jobs available by four to one; not very good odds. And one of the biggest obstacles job hunters face is how to present and describe themselves in simple yet compelling language.

Best of TZM: The Ten Commandments of a Job Search
The employment market in the second decade of the 21st Century is literally topsy turvy. All of the rules that we have all come to love and respect over the years no longer apply. It is a new day, a new world, and all bets are off. Unless you have a job, don’t assume you garner the respect of employers, headhunters, and hiring managers. The only surefire way of landing is to be networked, known, accomplished, and have a track record that is virtually visible to all.

Terms of 'Undearment'
In this age of personal branding and virtual knowledge, we all struggle with how to best describe our value, and the talents and abilities we bring to the party. And as we know instinctively, no amount of hyperbole or word inflation will mask our true character to people we know and who know us. Honesty, authenticity, and simplicity are the rules of the day when it comes to describing ourselves, our values and, most important, our value.

How to Achieve a Guilt-Free, Stress-Free Interview
You have worn a furrow deep into the carpet as a result of pacing back and forth in your office pondering how to prep for the upcoming job interview. You struggle mightily understanding the company’s balance sheet and profit and loss statement. Your brain is filled with facts and figures on the company’s business strategy as you try to memorize the biographies of the company’s C suite.

Tips for Switching Up Your Career
If your heartstrings are resonant with the folks mentioned in this New York Times article Lost in Recession, Toll on Underemployed and Underpaid, you know doubt understand the challenges inherent in job search. Landing your next gig in your own field is tough enough, but changing careers or fields is not for the faint of heart or mind.

Don't be a YAHOO!
Ignominious is how one might describe the latest Yahoo mishap, one of a long line of failures and foibles the company has endured over the last few years. The experience is rife with teaching moments for managements of traditional companies and soon-to-launch startups. Fact is, there are lessons for everyone if we just take the time to think and learn.

The Ten Commandments of a Job Search
The employment market in the second decade of the 21st Century is literally topsy turvy. All of the rules that we have all come to love and respect over the years no longer apply. It is a new day, a new world, and all bets are off. Unless you have a job, don’t assume you garner the respect of employers, headhunters, and hiring managers. The only surefire way of landing is to be networked, known, accomplished, and have a track record that is virtually visible to all.

Using Facebook as a Resume
The revelation that companies are asking potential employees for Facebook passwords got me thinking about how Facebook has rapidly evolved as both diary and biography. Given the addition of Timeline to Facebook’s configuration, people on the hunt would do well to make Facebook work for them instead of the converse. While there are other solid platforms like LinkedIn that are a source of rich C.V.-type information, Facebook is fast becoming a treasure trove of great data about the 850 million people who use it.

Use Networking to Get Working
Networking is an important avenue to landing a new job, hands down. And the plethora of tips, tactics, and tricks to network are limitless on the Web. Just Google the term “networking” and you are likely to be inundated with information on how to do it and profit from it.

Reference Rules of the Road
So you passed muster in 15 interviews over two weeks. You lost about eight pounds, sweated bullets, and are in the final throes of that seemingly elusive job offer. Now comes the hard part. What references can you provide that will help seal the deal and pave the way towards the job offer that has had you in the waiting room for what appears to be a lifetime?

Listen to Your Inner Voice on the Job Hunt

Can You Hear Me Now? How to Handle 'Radio Silence'
There is nothing more frustrating in a job search than a lack of response by hiring managers or recruiters. Following all of your fine preparation, you end up with radio silence that is both deafening and frustrating.

Cover Your Bases and Home Runs: The Job Pitch Letter
Cover letters and resumes play critical roles in career management and job searches. You can argue that one trumps the other, but the fact is that they work together as a team. The cover letter plays a starring role because it can get the recruiter, HR folks, and the hiring manager warmed up for the main pitch of the resume.

Forget the Search; Invent Your Next Job
For better or worse, we are living in unusual times that are fast becoming the usual. You are often your only backup plan. So take control of your own destiny and make one.

Connectiquette: The Etiquette of Connections
Connectiquette is not a typo or a new state in the U.S. It refers to a process of thoughtful deliberation. In the spirit of being responsible, here are several recommendations on how to handle networking and connecting with people you feel can have an influence on your job search or career development.

You Are What You Achieve: Four Tips to a Better Resume
The resume in 2011 is a far different beast than it ever was. It is as personal as a fingerprint and should truly express your character, personality, and what you have done in your career. Because it is likely the first piece of evidence of who and what you are, make certain that it tells the best story the first time around. You are what you write.

Zap Your CV: Eight Tactics to Reboot Your Resume
You are what you write. If you are in the market for a new job, a stellar resume demands that you take the time to succinctly but creatively portray your abilities in quick but compelling fashion. So, grab your keyboard and get to work.

7 Tips For Cyber-Stalking a Potential Employer
What is the litmus test to ascertain if an employer is fit to have you grace its presence? You have the best research tool at your fingertips: your search engine. Here are a few critical elements to researching a potential employer online:

10 Questions to Ask a New Network Connection
The majority of folks landing new jobs today are doing so through networking and their existing networks. Tools like job boards, classified ads, job fairs, and blind mailings are useful, but there is nothing like good, old-fashioned networking—whether it’s in person or not. Here are my top 10 questions to ask new or renewed contacts if you are in the market for a new gig.

How to Use Your Organs to Impress Hiring Managers
Passion is the essence of your persona, and your organs are the tools required to effectively demonstrate the essence of whom and what you are.

Pay it Back, Pay it Forward – The Do’s for Helping in a Job Search
While it may be a generalization, so many of the “gainfully employed” are woefully ignorant of the nature of the job search and the incredible frustration endured by job seekers as they pursue the hunt. Sometimes it bears remembering that the shoe can be on the other foot.

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